Every so often I go back and watch some GW on YouTube. And he was uncanny in his ability to get away from the pass rush (line was often a sieve) and keep his eyes downfield.
He did not have the benefit of ANY really fast WRs during his tenure (Ayers ran a 4.7). But Ward’s ability to make Defenders miss him is the backfield opened up a ton of throws downfield.
He also completed always in the upper 60% or near 70% of his passes.
And he is lightning fast.
D. Watson is a HUGE talent. But what made him successful was BOB getting him outside the pocket where he could use his athleticism.
Sure, I’m a homer. Bit like Watson, all Ward did was win. He was crazy strong for his size and faster and more elusive in the pocket than just about anyone.
I thought he would have been a great replacement for Watson when he went down instead of the retreads BOB brought in. There is no way Ward could have done any worse. I don’t think he will ever get a shot. But he is an exceptional QB who works extremely hard and despite his stature made the Big Brand name teams look bad on a regular basis. Would love to see him get a shot to back up Watson.